Southeastern students participate in annual ‘Big Event’
Monday, April 1, 2019
by: Tonya Lowentritt
1)STUDENTS LION UP FOR THE BIG EVENT – Southeastern Louisiana University students “Lion Up” before collecting tools and supplies and heading out to job sites in the Hammond area as part of The Big Event, a day of service to the community. The students worked on the Southeastern campus, as well as in area schools and other locations as their way of giving back to the communities that support them. This was the ninth year the Student Government Association sponsored The Big Event.
2) SPRUCING UP – Students representing the NAACP chapter at Southeastern Louisiana University lend
a hand to spruce up University Montessori School by cleaning windows as part of Southeastern’s
The Big Event on Saturday. From left, front, are Jada Butler and Dominique James of
LaPlace and Reginald Elloie of Slidell.
3) CLEANING OUT – Jacob Dupuis, left, of Mandeville, and Matthew Graham of Walker, members of Delta
Tau Delta fraternity, unload the contents of a storage facility they cleaned out for
the Louisiana Children’s Discovery Center at Southeastern Louisiana University’s The
Big Event on Saturday. Sponsored by the Student Government Association, The Big Event
boasted a record number of approximately 1,000 participants in the annual community
HAMMOND – A record number of approximately 1,000 Southeastern Louisiana University
students, faculty, staff and alumni put in a day of community service in the City
of Hammond and nearby communities on Saturday (March 30) as part of the university’s
The Big Event.
Sponsored by the Student Government Association, The Big Event is intended to give students and other volunteers the opportunity to help the communities and organizations that support Southeastern in many ways.
This is the ninth year the SGA has sponsored The Big Event.
Sending the group out with a “Lion Up” sign of encouragement, Southeastern President John L. Crain told the students that their efforts send a tremendous message that Southeastern cares and seeks to make the neighboring communities a better place for all to live.
The students included individual volunteers and representatives of several student organizations, fraternities and sororities. They worked at sites such as Our Daily Bread Food Bank, the Greater Hammond Chamber of Commerce, TARC of Hammond, Ministries of Hope, and the Louisiana Children’s Discovery Center.
Jobs included beautification and landscaping projects, clean-up efforts in downtown Hammond, sorting materials and conducting inventory for non-profit organizations.